Zulu Hat 1

Zulu Hat 1

Artist: Unknown Zulu Maker

Name: Woman’s Hat; isicholo, early 20th century

Origin: Zulu people of South Africa

Made of: Human Hair, ochre

Dimensions: 22” diameter (55.8cm)

From: Gift of Dr. Oliver E. and Pamela F. Cobb, 2010

Accession no. 2010-02-020

Not presently on display

South Africa map
South Africa

Description: This large wide circular hat is made of human hair and colored red using ochre, an earthy mineral of iron mixed with clay and/or sand, and animal fat. Married Zulu women wore hats of this type on special occasions.